first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare THE AUTUMN BARN FARMS POPCORN BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY DRAWING WINNERS FOR JULY 15-31, 16.City-County Observer is proud to advertise all veteran-owned businesses, but we are particularly pleased to announce that Autumn Barn Farms Popcorn will be awarding 30 tins each month to lucky winners chosen randomly from those whose birthdays appear on our site for each month. Please send in names and birthdays of your friends and family members, so they can have a chance to win. Winners will receive a half gallon tin valued at $10, that can be refilled for $7. We will award 15 winners on July 31, 16 and the following months thereafter.The following Popcorn flavors available are: SWEETS: Kettle, Caramel, Pina Colada, Cherry, Orange, Grape, Banana , Strawberry, Blueberry, Watermelon, Cinnamon ,Tootie Frootie and Toffee. SAVORY: Butter, Ranch, Bbq. Chicago Mis, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon Cheddar, White Cheddar, Creamy Dill, Siriraca, Buffalo Breach, Prizza,Honey Mustard and Chill.If you see you name posted  below as a winner go to Autumn Barn Popcorn Store and show your identity and tell them you saw it in the CCO.  EnjoyTHE AUTUMN BARN FARMS POPCORN JULY 15-31 2016 BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY WINNERSTERRY HALLLARRY ULRICHJOHN BURTONCONNIE ROBINSONMICHAEL LOCKHARTERIC WILLIAMSRON BEACONANDY DILLOWHADLIE DARKE-SCHREIBERDEB TURNERCONNOR O’ DANIELDONNA GARDNERRANDY BROWNTOMMY FAIRCHILDKATHRYN NIXKACY DARKESUZANNE WARFIELDKRISTI SPALDINGlast_img read more

Breast cancer: Scourge of developing world

first_imgThe disease is indiscriminate. It can invade the life of a princess or a Nobel laureate with equal ease.For the winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, the bad news came at age 18. Oral cancer was the diagnosis for Amartya Sen, Harvard’s Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and that was followed by heavy doses of radiation, along with serious surgery.Cancer struck the 2-year-old son of Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, in the form of leukemia.As president of Harvard University, Drew Faust wears many hats — administrator, scholar, historian, author, and fundraiser. But she is also a survivor. In 1988, at age 40, Faust was diagnosed with breast cancer after her first routine mammogram.For each of them, access to sophisticated medical interventions and therapies meant the difference between life and death.Breast cancer, once considered largely an illness of the Western world, is a rising scourge in developing nations as more women there are diagnosed with it. Analysts attribute the increase to lifestyle practices imported from the West, such as delayed childbearing, weight gains, alcohol consumption, and reduced activity. And as the disease spreads through developing nations, access to treatment and care can’t keep pace.“In low-income and underdeveloped regions, approximately 56 percent of the women diagnosed with breast cancer will die of their disease, while in the developed world that number is 24 percent,” Dean Jeffrey Flier of the Harvard Medical School told a crowd on Nov. 4 at a three-day conference (Nov. 3-5) on “Breast Cancer in the Developing World: Meeting the Unforeseen Challenge to Women, Health and Equity.”“That kind of difference,” said Flier, who is also the Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine, “is unacceptable.”Flier’s remarks, along with those of Sen and Mired, were part of the international conference that was convened, organizers said, to develop “an action and research agenda to meet the challenge of breast cancer in developing countries, with a focus on promoting the rights and health of women and strengthening health systems.” Specialists from many nations are discussing early detection and treatment in developing countries, the use of mammography, and the creation of inclusive research agendas.We are here to “work on solutions,” said panelist Lawrence Shulman, chief medical officer and senior vice president for medical affairs at Dana-Farber.“Today, according to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world,” said Felicia Knaul, associate professor of social medicine and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who moderated the first panel on Nov. 4. Knaul, who directs the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, is also a breast cancer survivor.“In 2007, an estimated 1.3 million women were diagnosed with the disease, the majority in the developing world.”In the developing world, many factors complicate delivering care to breast cancer patients, including the remaining stigma around the disease, and the fact that a woman’s access to treatment often is controlled by a man. In addition, because such regions are economically poor, care is often inadequate, drugs costly, and access limited to technology, such as mammography, that can detect breast cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable.Sen, whose interdisciplinary work encompasses development economics, philosophy, public health, and gender inequality, delivered the event’s opening keynote address. He outlined the “social epidemiology” of cancer, noting that prevailing factors such as poverty, gender inequality, and cancer’s stigma greatly influence the impact of the disease.“Cancer is not an ailment of just the individual — its impact is as social as it is personal,” said the Harvard professor, who called for a focus on the “social correlates” to the medical dimensions of the disease. For instance, patients in low-income countries, in addition to lacking conventional care, are unable to withdraw from the daily duties of work and child care to concentrate on treatment and healing.That lesson of the haves and the have-nots made an impact on Faust. “I quickly became aware that I was lucky in a number of ways,” she told the symposium’s opening session, recalling that her well-insured status and her access to strong medical facilities meant she received “outstanding” treatment and care.But another critical factor played a role in her recovery, she said, a fundamental shift here in the way the disease was perceived by others.“In my mother’s generation, it was never openly discussed. It was whispered about, it was hidden,” she said. At a time when a woman most needed family and friends, she often found herself most distanced from them“But by 1988 this had begun to change significantly in the United States, and I was the direct and grateful beneficiary of these transformations,” said Faust, who chose not to hide her disease and instead sought “solidarity” from other women diagnosed with breast cancer who were ready and willing to share their experiences.Faust said her own story suggested that while improved breast cancer treatment in the developing world will mean better access to health care, drugs, and procedures for diagnosis and cure, it “will also involve the kinds of transformations in attitude that I have witnessed in the United States in my own lifetime — attitudes that will enable women to confront their illness, to seek treatment, and to enjoy the full support of family, friends, and community as they combat the disease.”Sen said that continuing gender inequality in the developing world means there is “a far less acute awareness of the ailments of women compared to those of men.” Sen admitted he was struck by the results of his own early research on the topic 25 years ago involving hospital admissions data in Mumbai, formerly called Bombay.The evidence showed that women admitted for care were much sicker than their male counterparts, suggesting, he said, that in developing countries the “woman had to be much more stricken before she is actually taken to the hospital.Sen’s own experience with cancer underscored the social factor connected to cancer awareness and treatment in the developing world. As a young university student with oral cancer, he recalled how his professors in India made excuses for his absence in class.The social stigma associated with having cancer created a type of “culture of concealment” in the developing word, said Sen, one that dramatically affects women suffering with cancer. “This adds yet another complication to the battle against cancer in the poorer countries,” he said.“Society can indeed be a big player in medical battles,” he said, adding that the social and medical approaches to the disease “have to be integrated.”The Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital sponsored the event.last_img read more

Sodium intake in the U.S. adult population

first_imgAdam Bernstein, research fellow in the Department of Nutrition, discusses sodium intake in the U.S. adult population.last_img

Daily sugary drink habit increases risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke

first_imgDrinking one or two daily sugar-sweetened beverages can lead to excess weight gain and a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In the most comprehensive review of the evidence on the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages to date, the researchers also took a closer look at the unique role that the sweetener fructose may play in the development of these conditions.The paper was published online September 30, 2015 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.Fructose is metabolized in the liver where it can be converted to fatty compounds called triglycerides, which may lead to fatty liver disease and insulin resistance, a key risk factor for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The major source of fructose in the diet comes from fructose-containing sugars—sucrose and high fructose corn syrup—found in sugar-sweetened beverages, according to the researchers.In the new paper, which reviewed recent epidemiological studies and meta-analyses of these studies, the researchers found that people who consumed one or two sugary drinks a day had a 35% increase in risk for heart attack or fatal heart disease, a 16% increase in risk for stroke, and a 26% increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, when compared with people who drank fewer sugar-sweetened beverages. Read Full Storylast_img read more

West End Transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Don Black’s Tell Me On a Sunday Extends

first_img The show was originally performed as an album and then a TV special and later on stage as one half of Song & Dance. Bernadette Peters won a Tony Award for her performance in the 1985 Broadway production. Tell Me On a Sunday is a one-woman show that charts the course of an English girl newly arrived in New York. Brimming with optimism, she sets out to find success, companionship and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether—in fact—she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. Webb’s credits include Stop the World I Want To Get Off, Half A Sixpence, Oliver!, Godspell, The Card, The Good Companions, Evita, Cats, The Seven Deadly Sins and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The West End transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s Tell Me On a Sunday has now extended through March 8 at the Duchess Theatre. Marti Webb will continue to play her originated role of Emma in the production. View Commentslast_img read more

Check Out Allison Williams’ Transformation Into Peter Pan

first_img View Comments She’s left those Girls far behind! We now have our first look of Allison Williams as the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Craig Zadan, one of the producers of the upcoming NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live! tweeted this hot shot of the Girls star. The hair! The flying outfit! Now we can’t wait to see what Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, potentially Christian Borle as Smee and the rest of Never Never Land’s inhabitants will look like! The show will air on December 4.last_img

Samantha Spiro & More Join Jim Broadbent in A Christmas Carol

first_img View Comments Two-time Olivier winner Samantha Spiro, Adeel Akhtar, Amelia Bullmore and Keir Charles will join the previously announced Oscar winner Jim Broadbent in the cast of A Christmas Carol. Directed by Phelim McDermott, the production will play a limited engagement November 30 through January 30, 2016. Opening night is set for December 9 at the Noël Coward Theatre.From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mr. Fezziwig, Patrick Barlow’s imaginative adaptation of A Christmas Carol will bring some of Charles Dickens’ most memorable characters to life.Rounding out the cast will be puppeteers Jack Parker and Kim Scopes.Design will be by Tom Pye, with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Gareth Fry. Toby Sedgwick will take on direction of movement.last_img read more

UGA Role in Future

first_img Chancellor Stephen Portch looks at fungi spores through a microscope that’s part of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Digital Distance Diagnostics project. “This is amazing!” he said. “This project can really save entire crops within a matter of minutes. That’s a great benefit to the farmers.”  (Photo by Jennifer Cannon, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Portch showed particular interest in the new Distance Diagnostics Digital Imaging system. This system, installed in 31 counties during early 1998, allows county extension agents to take digital pictures of diseased plants both in the field and under a microscope. The agents then upload the pictures to the World Wide Web. Scientists great distances away can identify the problem and make a recommendation, usually via e-mail. “It’s a reality that we can’t have every specialist in every corner of the state to help farmers,” Portch said. “But this system puts together expertise and technology, and this allows us to increase our service.” As an amateur farmer, Portch sees the potential value of the university’s work in precision agriculture using Global Positioning System equipment. He said that’s likely to have long-term impact for Georgia farmers, and for farmers all over the world who will benefit from Georgia research. “Who would have thought, even just 25 years ago, that farmers would need technological and computer skills?” he asked. “But today, farmers almost can’t live without them.” Precision farming, a blend of tractors, satellites, lasers and the like, isn’t magic to Stephen Portch. The University System of Georgia chancellor says the brave new technology is precisely what agriculture needs from the state’s universities.”I do some amateur farming, and I know that if your operation is not precise, it’s not efficient,” Portch said. “And in the professional, competitive world of modern agriculture, that’s what you’ve got to be.” In a recent visit to the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Portch said he’s excited about the combination of technology and farming he saw. “This is not like your father’s farming,” he said after the 1998 Precision Agriculture Forum and Trade Show. “This is truly fascinating work being done here.” Portch said part of the mission of the University System of Georgia is to not only conduct research that helps Georgians, but to extend that knowledge to them. “We must maximize the use of technology, ” he said, “not just in agriculture, but also in teaching, research and extension.” He sees the entire university system supporting agriculture. UGA, Fort Valley State University and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have the main responsibility to teach and extend agriculture. But Portch said the system’s role in farming isn’t exclusive to those three schools. “A lot of the technology is being developed at Georgia Tech and several other of our colleges and universities,” he said. “The biggest challenge for all of us is keeping up with the dramatic rate of change. But we do need to stay a half-step ahead of our customers.”last_img read more


first_imgErrata January 1, 2003 Errata A n On the Move announcement in the December 1 News contained incorrect information. It should have read: Michael A. Petruccelli and Walter H. Djokic have become partners with McIntosh Sawran Peltz Cartaya & Petruccelli, P.A., with offices in Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami. Mary Jane Fitzgerald has joined the West Palm Beach office. Petruccelli, a longtime resident in the Ft. Lauderdale office, practices in medical malpractice and general insurance defense. Djokic, who practices in the West Palm Beach office, and Fitzgerald both concentrate in medical malpractice defense.The News regrets the error.last_img

Secret to digital success with AI is ‘human-like’ feel

first_imgThe power of digital communications lies in the ability to provide intelligent experiences in real time. From proactive recommendations to providing product and service alternatives based on activities and behaviors, artificial intelligence (AI) can often simplify the customer journey.But, the myriad of choices available to today’s consumers, while usually appreciated, can quickly turn communication into noise. Without appropriate assistance and guidance, consumers can begin to feel overwhelmed and unable to make timely decisions.The question becomes, how can financial institutions best leverage data and insights to attract the right consumers and grow those relationships? In addition, how can institutions balance the use of digital tools and human engagement to reduce friction, personalize and simplify the customer journey and encourage the proper purchases? In other words, what is the best path to intelligent guidance for consumer engagement? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more